Kheer is a popular Indian sweet made with milk, sugar and semolina/rice. Moon dal kheer (Pessarapappu Payasam) is variation made with moong dal instead of semolina/rice. Moong dal gives smooth and creamy texture to this yummy sweet treat.

Moong Dal Payasam
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Servings: 6 people
  • 2 cups Moong dal
  • 1 cup Full Cream Milk
  • 1 1/2 or 2 cups Grated Jaggery
  • 2 Cardamom or Elachi
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • Dry fruits as desired
Jaggery Syrup
  1. Take a pot, add jaggery and little water and stir on low flame till jaggery melts. Filter the jaggery syrup and let it cool.

Moong dal Payasam
  1. Wash the moong dal and make it dry. Roast the moong dal till you get the nice aroma.

  2. Take a pressure cooker, add moong dal and add 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 2 whistles. 

  3. Add milk to the moong dal to the consistency and cook on a low flame.

  4. Add elachi or cardamom powder and mix well.

  5. Add jaggery syrup to the moong dal and mix well. If we add hot jaggery syrup, most of the times milk will curdle. So cool the jaggery syrup before adding.

  6. Add ghee to the frying pan, upon heated fry the dry fruits.

    Dry Fruits
  7. Add the dry fruits to the moong dal payasam.

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